Welcoming Congregation

    Pride - Rainbow Flag Unitarian Universalist Society:East is recognized as a Welcoming Congregation by the Unitarian Universalist Association. Unitarian Universalism is widely known for its commitment to welcome and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals and families.

     Our Social Justice / Anti-Oppression Committee is responsible for organizing efforts to promote welcome and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersexed, queer and questioning people from all walks of life. This committee meets on the first Tuesday of each month in the minister’s office.


Mind Your Ts and Qs:

A Brief Introduction to Radical Welcome of Trans, Non-Binary, GenderQueer, and Gender Non-Conforming people
with CB Beal

March 13th, 10:00 AM to Noon

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CB will bring an interactive workshop experience to UUS:E members and friends on Saturday, March 13th from 10:00 AM to Noon.  This workshop is for anyone who wants to learn more about gender diversity and support people whose gender is not what our society has taught us to typically expect. Participants should be willing to explore the ways our individual experience of gender isn’t the only experience of gender.  We will bring respectful curiosity and willingness to bear witness to people’s experiences to help us better be the Beloved Community—an open community of justice, equity and love, for all.

This is an online introductory workshop – there will be self-reflection and sharing in the chat in response to specific prompts, and some small group discussion. Please be sure you bring something you can use to write notes for yourself.

This workshop is open to youth (grade 8+) and adults (18-98)

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CB Beal, M.Div. (they, them, theirs) specializes in the facilitation of learning experiences that involve issues of marginalization, oppression, and privilege; to help participants hold the complexities of our lives in perspective, and co-create a safe[r] brave[r] space where people are challenged to learn and grow.

They are a nationally known presenter and consultant for congregations, schools, social service agencies.  Their focus is in the intersections of Preemptive Radical Inclusion, safer communities/congregations, supporting gender creative and trans/non-binary children and youth in youth-serving organizations, and sexuality/consent education.  They are an Our Whole Lives Trainer and Trainer of Trainers and teach sexuality and consent education classes to elementary and middle school students around Massachusetts.

Previous to doing their work at Justice and Peace Consulting full time, they were the Director of Religious Education at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence for 16 years after holding several different educational and training positions in adjacent fields. CB received a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York in 1991 and is the Unitarian Universalist Association’s 2019 Angus H. MacLean Award for Excellence in Religious Education.

CB is a white, non-binary/genderqueer, mostly able-bodied fat person of sturdy farmer stock.


 Welcoming Congregation Program